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Club Fit Instructor Says Bikram Thrives In 'The Amazing World Of Yoga'

Dolores Orchanian
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Dolores Orchanian is a group fitness instructor at Club Fit. She is currently teaching a specialty yoga class called "Head to Toe Yoga," which is taught from a Bikram yoga foundation. She was born and raised in Brooklyn and has lived in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., for the last 33 years, raised five children who now range in age from 25 to 41 down.

After having my third child, my husband and I won a free month at Club Fit. We became members soon after as I looked forward every night to exer-fit classes.

I loved class so much that under the guidance of Mary Taglianetti and Audrey Compabasso, I received my ACE Group Fitness Certification and started teaching classes at Jefferson Valley Racquet Ball Club – when it really was just a racquet club.

Health and fitness have always been a big part of my life.

In 2001, I reached further to fill a lifelong dream of going to college. At the age of 50, I graduated from WCC with a degree in Nursing.  Working fulltime as a nurse, I continued to teach classes at Club Fit. Soon after that, I worked to acquire my Personal Training license. With the help of Barbara Cullen, I had many happy clients at Club Fit Jefferson Valley.

I started taking Bikram yoga classes to help with knee pain. It remedied the problem and eliminated the need for surgery.

In 2009 after much coaxing from my daughter (who is a Bikram teacher), I went away for nine weeks to train to become a Bikram Yoga teacher. At this time, I would like to bring a form of this class to Club Fit. I see the need for these remedial properties as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle in many of our members.

Though the class is traditionally taught in 105 degrees – it can be just as beneficial practiced in a warm room – reaping the benefits of this yoga.

I like to think I am aging gracefully due to all the exercise Club Fit has allowed me to do – and the amazing world of yoga. I would like to pass on my knowledge and expertise as a Nurse, as an exercise professional and as a yoga teacher to others and allow them to age gracefully with me.

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